For thousands of people each year, the search for love online ends not just with a broken heart, but an empty bank account. And state and federal agencies have shut down several large romance scams in recent months, including a case in which two South Africans and a Canadian were extradited to the U. Victim advocates say the true cost of romance scams is probably much higher than official estimates because victims, men in particular, often stay silent out of shame. Although older adults are often targeted — more than three-quarters of complaints to federal agencies came from people 40 and older — fraud experts say people of all ages and backgrounds can fall prey to romance scams. An AARP study he co-authored last year found that Internet fraud victims had experienced significantly more negative life events in the previous two years than non-victims.
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Remember, though, that this is a year like no other. And, it turns out, not only are more people using dating apps, more people are entering relationships at greater speed because of the pandemic. Take Kristin Bolcarovic of New Jersey. She met her new boyfriend first on a Facebook dating app and just weeks later spent an entire week holed up in the same home with him as Hurricane Isaias ravaged the area. But why are relationships moving more quickly during the time of the coronavirus?
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Many say love is free, but online scammers seem to think differently. The pandemic has made it easier for them to prey on the innocent. Many people are working from home The majority of the scams involve people on social media platforms and dating sites. Because individuals do not believe that it's fraud when there are emotions involved," said PlainsCapital Bank fraud manager Denise Owens.
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